May 10, 2013

U17 EURO 2013: Officials for Matchday 3 are ready

UEFA has appointed the referees for the final and vitally important matches of this year's Under-17 European Championship's group stage. Among others, Greek Anastasios Sidiropoulos will take charge of the crucial clash between Ukraine and Croatia having a direct impact on the pending FIFA Under-17 World Cup in October 2013, too.

Anastasios Sidiropoulos from Greece (c) sportdog.gr

Group A

11 May 2013, 16:30 CET
Dubnica Nad Váhom Stadium, Dubnica nad Vahom (SVK)
Austria - Switzerland
Referee: Nerijus Dunauskas (LTU)
Assistant Referee 1: Sergei Vassyutin (KAZ)
Assistant Referee 2: Dejan Kostadinov (MKD)
4th Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Kyros Vassaras (GRE)
UEFA Delegate: Rudolf Zavrl (SVN, tbc)

11 May 2013, 16:30 CET
Štadión pod Dubňom, Zilina (SVK)
Sweden - Slovakia
Referee: Slavko Vinčić (SVN)
Assistant Referee 1: Silver Kõiv (EST)
Assistant Referee 2: Milan Minić (SRB)
4th Official: Ivaylo Stoyanov (BUL)
UEFA Referee Observer: Nikolay Levnikov (RUS)
UEFA Delegate: Christian Teinturier (FRA, tbc)

Group B

11 May 2013, 19:30 CET
FC ViOn, Zlate Moravce (SVK)
Ukraine - Croatia
Referee: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (GRE)
Assistant Referee 1: Birkir Sigurdarsson (ISL)
Assistant Referee 2: Dmitry Zhuk (BLR)
4th Official: Peter Kralović (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jan Fasung (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Süheyl Onen (TUR, tbc)

11 May 2013, 19:30 CET
FC Nitra, Nitra (SVK)
Italy - Russia
Referee: Serdar Gözübüyük (NED)
Assistant Referee 1: Gregory Crotteux (BEL)
Assistant Referee 2: Richard Storey (NIR)
4th Official: Vladimír Vnuk (SVK)
UEFA Referee Observer: Jozef Marko (SVK)
UEFA Delegate: Kurt Micallef (MLT, tbc)

42 Comments:

  1. 1 small correction:

    In Sweden - Slovakia the referee's observer is Nikolay Levnikov (RUS).

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  2. Thanks, a typical copy-paste error :/

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  3. Serdar Gozubuyuk is very busy internationally this summer. He has been appointed for the Elite Round U19 Group 3, consisting of Portugal, Denmark, Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. He is to referee two matches, Denmark-Bulgaria and Portugal-Denmark, accompanied by his regular assistant Charl Schaap. The other referee in this group is Andreas Ekberg.

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  4. Other appointments I would like to highlight:

    TUR-ITA: Tobias Welz (GER) with AR Rafael Foltyn (GER)
    ENG-SCO: Carlos Del Cerro Grande (ESP), probably with Teodoro Sobrino Magán (ESP), but not confirmed.
    GER-NED: Padraigh Sutton (IRL)

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    1. Teodoro Sobrino Magán is confirmed by Spanish football association.

      Link: http://www.enaf-cta.com/designaciones/designaciones_archivos/INTERNACIONALES/TEMPORADA_2012-2013_NOMBRAMIENTOS_ARBITROS/MayoA13.pdf

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  5. The u19 matches are on 4th and 9th June btw.

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  6. Mete Kalkavan is also there with an important set of CZE-POR and POR-DEN matches...

    Actually, I expect to see Halis Ozkahya at this tournament. He had a very good season in Turkey, and managed to have another EL match this year. Altough he was born in 1980, he has been officiating at Turkish SuperLegaue since 2006. He has a quite a lot experience. I believe UEFA would test him for possible future plans with him.

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  7. I also think that the six referees for u19 EURO could come from the pool of AARs of U21 EURO, where Ozkahya is, among others, too.

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  8. Anthony Taylor has a game on 7th June between Spain and Greece.

    In my opinion he will go far in his European/international career after a stellar season domestically. He and Oliver are the biggest things coming out England at the moment and have very bright futures indeed.

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    1. He also has Croatia vs Spain on 10th.

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  9. No doubt Taylor and Oliver are talents. But after Attwell's retirement I must ask: where are England's refereeing hopes besides these two? Are they existing at all? If I compare it to other countries like Spain or Germany, there seems to be less work with younger officials, less trust in them and perhaps also less courage.

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    1. It seems as though all the fiftysomethings are hampering the flow of new young referees. Of course, in the Premier League you need a lot of experience and personality to succeed, but if you keep promoting referees who are above forty you must accept they won't become FIFA referees. Let's see if Pawson and Madley get more games next year (and Pawson's not too young either!)...

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    2. My bad, I thought Pawson was born in 1976, in fact he's from '79. My point still stands however ;)

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  10. I agree with your analysis Niclas. England's refereeing hopes rely solely on the shoulders of these individuals. It is quite staggering that only Taylor (34), Oliver (28) and Clattenburg (38) are the only officials in the Select Group under the age of 40. That's just under 19%. However, we have to give praise to officials such as Foy, Dowd and Halsey who are defying the odds by keeping their fitness and officiating past the age if 50! (Okay maybe not Dowd).

    As for for Attwell? Well, he and Riley agreed that he had to drop back into the National Group after a string if high-profile errors. However, he is only 30 and he has plenty of time to recuperate. Yes Thomas, Pawson and Madley (Robert) have been trailed in recent weeks. Madley especially had an interesting debut sending off three players in a game between Southampton and West Bromwich Albion.

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  11. Where are you watching the matches Niclas? Do you have any website where I can see highlights from the matches in Slovakia?

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    1. The matches of U17 EURO are streamed in Germany by Eurosport. Unfortunately, there are no online streams for this tournament.

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  12. Terrible scene in Czech Republic:

    Leonard Kweuke (Sparta Prague) with 12-game ban after horror leg breaking tackle...

    http://www.givemefootball.com/344737-video-sparta-striker-hit-with-12game-ban-after-horror-leg-breaking-tackle

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  13. Domestic SUPER TOP CLASH this evening for Pedro Proença in Primeira Liga, second-last matchday. Porto - Benfica will probably decide the Portuguese champion, both teams have never lost a match this season. Tiago Trigo and Bertino Miranda as assistants. Benfica fans are not content with this appointment, because they hate him.

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    1. It's a bit like Howard Webb and Manchester United. Everyone here in England thinks that he supports Man Utd and even on their pay-roll! Hopefully now that the great man (Sir Alex) has retired, this rubbish will be put to bed.

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  14. Concerning Madley: his debut seems to have been good, at least the sending-offs were all right. Surely one must highlight the merit of those "old men", they have reached a lot and are mostly able to ensure good performances. But surely Nur and Thomas, you are right when stating that you have to accept losses in terms of development when you push such officials.
    As we already talk about young officials: Robert Hartmann will probably be the next German FIFA official when Meyer retires at the start of 2014 (or at the end of 2013, as you like..).

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    1. Niclas I don't think there will be anyone nominated for FIFA in 2014 from England. Mike Dean will give up his badge as he has reached the mandotary age of retirement. There is absolutely no one to take his place. I think Riley needs to change his approach and start to promote more younger officials. Last time it was Moss (41 at the time) and Swarbrick (4 5 at the time).

      As Halsey will hang up his whistle at the end of the season there could be promotions. As you pointed out, Madley had a very busy but good debut. He is only 27 and could be in the Select Group next season. Pawson could also be a possibility. He had a more low-ki debut but nevertheless he didn't make any notable mistakes. He is only 33/34 aswell. If they do well they might get a FIFA nomination in the future.

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  15. French Ligue 1 top clash (if Marseille do not win, it could be decisive for the championship):

    Lyon - PSG: Lannoy, Cano, Dansault

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  16. Good performance from Andre Marriner and his team in the FA Cup final. The penalties he denied seemed correct and he rightly sent off Zabaleta. Cool, calm and composed performance as usual from Marriner.

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  17. Italy 1-1 Russia:

    Good performance. Expected level by all referees.
    Disinterest by both teams for the game (and fair-play), so there wasn't any crucial situation.

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  18. Unfortunately the Greek Cup Final was heavily affected by 3 mistakes of the refereeing team.

    Giahos missed a clear violent conduct of Holebas (Olympiakos) when after a foul Holebas hit with his head an opponent. The referee was 2 meters from the action but chose to only caution Olympiakos player with a yellow card.
    Furthermore in min. 68 after a header from Sankare (Asteras) Maniatis tried to clear the ball while being in the goal-line and used his arm. Penalty and red card both missed by AAR1.
    Finally at min. 119 Olympiakos is awarded a penalty for a tackle to Abdoun from Bartolini. The foul exists but it is outside the penalty area. So another mistake by the referee. AAR2 couldn't help.

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  19. Terve!

    I've watched a clash between Sweden and Slovakia at UEFA U-17 European Championship, today. The main referee was Mr. Slavko Vincic from Slovenia and was assisted by Mr. Silver Koiv from Estonia and Mr. Milan Minic from Serbia. The fourth official was Ivaylo Stoyanov from Bulgaria.

    First of, I must say that the match was really nice to watch. Many shots, many attempts, positive offensive football game.

    The biggest call of the game was a cool but disallowed goal scored by Vestenicky SVK. Mr. Milan Minic flagged him for offside and it was just outstanding call. The offside was 15-30 centimeters. Brilliantly detected and very important call. Respect to Serbian assistant!

    Mr. Vincic showed three yellow cards, all of them correct: Kadlec SVK for reckless tackle in 20' (a tad harsh but correct according to instructions given to referees by mentors before such tournaments), Ssewankambo SWE for reckless studs-up tackle in 68' and Vavro SVK for breaking a promissing counter-attack in 80+3' (stupid behaviour, he will miss the final after that card).

    The overall impression can be wrong, because the match was quite easy for the referee, but I detected a little inconsistency and tendency to whistle a bit too much for unimportant things. There was only one clear mistake when he missed a body-check of 17 SWE on 4 SVK. The other yellow card could've been issued for a reckless studs-up tackle of Rakip SWE in 54'.

    Good usage of diagonal way of movement, visible good fitness and body language.

    I think it was a typical 8.2/8.3 performance as well as Mr. Koiv's one. The mark for Mr. Minic should be respectively higher - he counted a faultless performance and got a very important and difficult call correct. 8.7 would be appropriate I think. I expect to read his name in the final appointment (however, I didn't see his previous match).

    Ystävällisin terveisin,
    Ville J.

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  20. Thank you all for your synposes of the matches.
    I watched the first match of Slavko Vincic and can report something similar. Good performance, good control and no real problems in decision-taking. But he missed a yellow card for a studs-up foul. Furthermore a point for improvement I recognized was his tendency to lose eye-contact with the player who would execute a free-kick, who thus could often steal some metres and optimize the free-kick position.
    Concerning Giahos, this really sounds bad. Specially because one should expect that AARs could have supported, although I did not see the specific incidents.

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    1. Penalty for Tripoli not given in min. 68.

      video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=pVsSnnCYK2A

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    2. They had free view on that :O

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  21. Predictions for semifinals:

    Slovakia-Italy: Sidiropoulos (GRE), Kostadinov (MKD), Zhuk (BLR), Doyle (IRL)
    Russia-Sweden: Vincic (SVN), Minic (SRB), Sigurdarsson (ISL), Stoyanov (BUL)

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    1. My predictions:
      SVK-ITA: Sidiropoulus/Kostadinov/Vassyutin/Doyle
      RUS-SWE: Stoyanov/Zhuk/Sigurdarsson/Dunauskas

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  22. Cüneyt Çakır with two sending off in Fenerbahçe - Galatasaray at 90': Volkan Demirel (Fenerbahçe keeper) and Sabri Sarıoğlu (Galatasaray player). I think they had a riot?

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    1. Yes, most probably Sabri sweared, and Volkan attacked him. Both RCs are ok
      But, I will inform you about the rest.

      Cuneyt Cakir is out of poll for candidate of CL final after tonightç for me...

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    2. Cakir was probably out of the CL pool since 05 March!

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    3. I dont think so. UEFA has backed him with Nani card which I also agree with. We have discussed it too much.
      For me, tonight is the end of season for him.

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    4. No, you misunderstood me. I had the privilege to observe him for this blog and as I stated the red card was correct. The problem is all the fuss that was created from the media and fans. That blocked his chances for the CL final. I can't believe that UEFA would take such a big risk and appoint him.

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    5. Cuneyt Cakir was totally out of control all match long. He directly affected the outcome of Fenerbahce v Galatasaray match with two non-given fouls before both Fenerbahce goals scored and a penalty for Fenerbahce is missed later in game.

      Actually, one must be clear. You could easily detect it while watching the game. After he whistled a correct penalty for Galatasaray, he somehow felt himself to push more for Fenerbahce. Thats shocking. He didnt give whistle for a foul to following position which resulted in Fenerbahce goal:
      https://twitter.com/search?q=c%C3%BCneyt%20%C3%A7ak%C4%B1r&src=typd

      He applied an advantage on foul to Hamit, then he lost his balance couldnt control the ball, Cakir didnt whistle it. That went on, afterwards another Fenerbahce goal came out.

      Finally non-given penalty for Kuyt, ups!

      Here is the highlights:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1cIOEOf05c

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  23. What a stupid red card for Muntari in Milan-Roma, I can't believe that.
    There was a foul by Balotelli, Rocchi decided to book him, but Muntari tried to "stop" the referee holding his hands.
    Waiting for the video on youtube...

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    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8M13HjOyl4M

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  24. Van Bommel got sent off in his last match in his career, about as fitting as a top striker signing off with a hat-trick of bicycle kicks. Nasty tackle which got him his second yellow, but a direct red card would not have been out of place either. Makkelie with a good performance.

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  25. Anonymous13/5/13 14:06

    Appointments for semi finals:
    Slovakia - Italy / N. Dunauskas; assistants: D. Zhuk, R. Storey
    Sweden - Russia / S. Vincic

    Final for A. Sidiropoulos or I Stoyanov

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  26. Slo-Ita dunauskas levnikov storey zhuk stoyanov delegate teinturier
    Rus-swe vincic vassaras kostandinov crotteux sidiropoulos delegate zavrl

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